Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth 4 of Cups- Luxury & The Babylonian Tarot, 4 of Cups-Mixed Blessing
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth 4 of Cups- Luxury & The Babylonian Tarot, 4 of Cups-Mixed Blessing

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Deck Four of Cups-Luxury, sounds very good. In fact it is Chesed (mercy) in the Realm of Water. Chesed, the 4th Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, being Fiery in nature, means the Luxury of Warm Water, impassioned bright emotions etc. but as we know, warm water cools eventually.
Chokma (Wisdom), the second Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, is really the energy of Chesed(is called Mercy) but as Chesed is below the Abyss, this makes Mercy unbalanced.

The number 4, just like it's pattern, is an unstable number, not only standing on one leg, but also even in the Naples Arrangement (Aleister Crowley, Book of Thoth) it is impossible to construct a "Magic Square" using four cells.

The Four of Cups-Luxury refers to the Moon in Cancer which is the Moon's own House; but Cancer is so placed that it implies a certain weakness known as abandonment to desire. The Moon in Cancer, is  also the influence of Chessed (Mercy) in the unconscious mental realm and/or Briah, the creative world.

In the Thoth Deck Four of Cups, the sea of Binah (Great Mother) is still being shown, but it is ruffled with waves (desires) and thus the Four cups standing upon it are unstable. The single Lotus bloom has multiple stems, emphasizing individuality which weakens the whole flow of Power. This is not unlike the threads of a rope, before they are woven together.
 
There is a certain self-satisfaction with this card as an emotional luxury that is often felt as pleasure flowing from an unconscious source.
While viewing this Thoth card one notices that the outpouring of emotional luxury from above, is not overflowing in the lower cups, symbolizing that this pleasure will soon end but for now the feeling of you having everything you need in your life is luxuriant and you are not now open for suggestions. 

There is Promise represented by the 4; a promise of  mercy, healing, empathy, trans-personal love, forgiveness and taking away of soul burdens.
We feel an easy compassion, mercy and are forgiving of those who trespass against us. There is a luxuriant feeling that we all belong to each other; a larger sense of emotional-family than is normal.
There is a certain inner warmth experienced here, so enjoy the moment and relax in the luxury of the emotional pleasure.
The Babylonian Tarot, 4 of Cups-Mixed Blessings, displays 4 water vessels, 2 fluted libation cups, and 2 ceramic pots. This combination signifies the idea of mixed blessings or blended fortune. In the center of the card is the cuneiform symbol for the number 4.

The Babylonian god, Marduk, is shown with his back turned to his former glory and past accomplishments.

The subject of this Card, is taken from the Babylonian epic of Erra and Ishum. As the story goes, the war god Erra, is depressed and even his weapons grumble about being covered in dust and not being used. The jewel city of Babylon is in a state of decline due to the disinterest and negligence of the elderly god Marduk. Erra, asks him about why he let this happen and also about why he let his self become disheveled, as his clothing is dirty and his crown is tarnished.

In a huff, Marduk goes off to see his tailor and leaves Erra in charge of the city.  This is a mistake as Erra, being a righteous war god, immediately  begins to destroy the city in his rampage to destroy the wicked,  which also destroying the righteous people of the city. His weapons are happy in the blood lust of the war god.

Total destruction is prevented by the god Ishum, the wise consular of Erra, who convinces the war god to stop the bloodshed. Ishum makes a prediction that due to Erra's restraint, the surviving people and city shall ultimately prosper and thrive. A mixed blessing.

When the 4 of Cups card is thrown during a reading, it represents:
  • Slight discomfort and anxieties over receiving pleasure.
  • Blended pleasure and success approaching their end.
  • Yet this is a stationary period of happiness that may not continue as it is too passive of a symbol to represent perfectly complete happiness. Nor does it suggest love and marriage as powerfully as the Three of Cups-Love.
  • Some drawbacks to pleasure are implied, such as contention with acquisition and sometimes injustice.
  • It is a gentle passive card like warm water, Feels good for the moment, but that moment soon cools.
  • This card cautions us not to "sit long on our laurels" ; take a brief respite from your impassioned labors but be ready to gear up the power soon  to keep luxury in the future.
  • blended pleasure and success,receiving pleasure but with some slight discomfort and anxieties. This is because this pleasure radiates from our unconscious mental realm and our consciousness is still feeling its normal uncertainty, as it is still bound in survival thinking.
  • A moment of emotional stagnation, discontent with ones environment, and weariness will manifest before the true Pleasure of the Six of Cups, where both the unconscious and conscious flow in pleasurable communion becomes apparent.
  • Slight discomfort and anxieties over receiving pleasure.
  • Blended pleasure and success approaching their end. 
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